House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a recent interview that children immigrating to the U.S. should be treated in a similar way to "baby Jesus," who was a "refugee from violence."
The democratic congressional leader from California made her comments on the Tuesday airing of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," during which she implored Americans to view the current influx of unaccompanied immigrant children to the U.S. as a humanitarian issue, instead of politicizing the crisis.
"In Washington, I see an embrace of the idea that this is a humanitarian crisis by people who are not politicizing the issue. What we need to do is have the supplemental that gives us the resources to meet the humanitarian needs, to do the border control, but also to have the judicial piece so that these children have representation and judges to hear their cases. Those who have a right to stay, whether it's refugee status or asylum, should stay," Pelosi said, adding that President Obama is scheduled to meet with Central American leaders later this week to discuss the current immigration crisis in the U.S. more >>
Pope Francis recently spoke on the topic of immigration at a conference in Mexico City, arguing that immigrant children crossing the U.S. border should be "welcomed and protected."
Francis made his statements in a letter to the Mexico-Holy See Colloquium on Migration and Development conference in Mexico City on Monday, saying that immigration is a fact of modern life and those accepting immigrants into their country should treat the process as a humanitarian effort.
"I must call attention to the tens of thousands of children who migrate alone, unaccompanied, to escape poverty and violence," Francis wrote in the letter, adding that many times these children cross the border "in extreme conditions, in a hopeful search that most of the time is in vain." more >>
Megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas has argued that the most compassionate thing to do regarding the current border crisis involving immigrant children is to build a fence and prevent them from entering the country.
"The most compassionate thing we can do for these children is to secure the border," the pastor said in an interview on Fox News' "Fox & Friends," broadcast on Thursday.
He used a comparison of home swimming pools in Texas: "If you're a homeowner with a swimming pool that doesn't have a fence around it, and a neighborhood child wanders in and drowns, you're liable because you have enticed that child into a dangerous situation. The remedy is to build a fence." more >>
Texas officials are calling on the Obama administration for help, reporting that large numbers of illegal immigrant children are overwhelming the U.S.-Mexico border and effectively turning U.S. military bases into refugee camps.
"We are facing a escalating refugee and national security crisis. Our military bases are turning into refugee camps. I never thought I'd see this in the United States of America," said House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, according to Fox News on Thursday.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has also called on President Barack Obama to secure the border, noting that he has deployed state resources to boost border security. more >>
President Barack Obama said that he will continue fighting for immigration reform on his own after House Republicans refused to vote on a bipartisan bill this year. House Speaker John Boehner, who has been urged by Christian groups to allow such a vote, has called Obama's decision "sad and disappointing."
"If Congress will not do their job, at least we can do ours," Obama said on Monday, according to The Associated Press.
Boehner, R-Ohio, said that he informed Obama last week that the House would not be taking up immigration legislation this year, for which he blamed the White House. more >>
House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi recently said while visiting the U.S.-Mexico border this past weekend that Americans should see the influx of children immigrating to the U.S. as an "opportunity," rather than a "crisis," arguing that they are all "God's children."
The House Democratic leader made her comments while visiting the Texas-Mexico border over the weekend. According to Fox News, Pelosi argued on Saturday that Americans should see the influx of immigrating children as a humanitarian opportunity, rather than a crisis, although the Democrat did admit that the situation has "crisis qualities."
"This crisis that some call a crisis, we have to view as an opportunity," Pelosi said. "If you believe as we do that every child, every person has a spark of divinity in them, and is therefore worthy of respect – what we saw in those rooms was [a] dazzling, sparkling, array of God's children, worthy of respect." more >>